Before Jennifer got her start in education, she was working as a restaurant manager at the “Happiest Place on Earth,” Disneyland. While she had a soft spot for the theme park, she had not finished her undergraduate degree and knew that she loved teaching. So, she quit her job in 2008 and made a quick transition to working at a non-public school and attending classes at her local community college. While it was an uncertain time, Jennifer was confident that it was the right choice for her future.
Since then, Jennifer has gained over ten years of experience working in education. At the non-public school, she helped students with special needs meet their academic goals by providing them with instructional, behavioral, and self-care support. She transferred to California State University, Los Angeles, where she specialized in Latin American history, presented at two research conferences, and was the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the university’s historical research journal. After graduating summa cum laude with her BA in 2012, she started her graduate program at the University of California, San Diego. While there, she instructed undergraduate writing and research courses and produced original research on women’s production of art and identity in Mexico. Once she completed her MA in 2017, she pivoted to curriculum and admissions-based tutoring.
Currently, Jennifer works on English Language Arts curriculum development for school districts in the United States. In addition, she has tutored high school students on SAT/ACT test prep and writing personal statements. She enjoys helping students find their voice and encouraging them to share their unique experiences. Jennifer believes writing is personal, so she makes connections, asks questions, and builds relationships that enable students to write compelling narratives.
As a former non-traditional, working class student, Jennifer understands how hard it is to navigate the admissions process. By helping students with writing, she hopes to make that process a little easier. When she isn’t helping students at MedSchoolCoach, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters.
California State University, Los Angeles
MA in History at University of California, San Diego
Falls State Park on the Island of Hawaii. She's also afraid of heights.
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